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Grateful Dead Live at Cal Expo on 1989-08-04

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Grateful Dead Live at Cal Expo on 1989-08-04

Topics Live concert

Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Good Time Blues, Built To Last, Queen Jane Approximately, Jack A Roe, Cassidy, Deal Truckin'-> Wang Dang Doodle-> Crazy Fingers-> Cumberland Blues-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cal Expo
Location Sacramento, CA

Source SBD > MC > DAT > CDR


SBD > MC > DAT > CDR; Seeded to etree by Doug Nawrocki


Reviewer: sublimelbc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2012
Subject: First night at Expo
I bought Joe Cools in the lot and thought they were bunk. By the middle of the first set during Bobby's cowboy tunes, I knew they were not bunk
They were ancestors of woodstocks from summer tour.
Bill Graham came up to me and my friends and asked us how we got our backpacks in. These shows were smokin....Sat Night....pocky way> playin> rider> terrapin....If you were on tour at the time, you know what I'm talikng about....
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2009
Subject: Queen Jane extra effort
Usually an alright or at best so-so Bobby Bob cover has some nice extra effort tonight, making it an exceptionally great version, and my favorite of this cover. Brent is all over the place and candy coating in the late 80s fashion the way he does best!

Even tho this show isn't a super jammed out 3 hour show, it still rocks my socks! I can't even believe the fire that came out of summer 89' thru summer 90', some of my favorite GD.
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2008
Subject: It's nice but ...
Too many 5 star ratings. It's a good show- no doubt- and a great listen - quality is pretty damn good. I love the line up as well - a somewhat rare opener - Truckin' starts the second set followed by an actually well played Wang Dang (especially rare for second set)and Cumberland, which makes several second set appearances but is more often found in first sets. With the exception of Crazy Fingers, it doesn't really feel like you are listening to a second set until Eyes. Like most shows, i could go on complimenting the highpoints and the great selections, but overall, this is just a very good show. Not a superb spectacular one, but a very good one. 4 stars with high recommendations to listen to.
Reviewer: gratefully_alive - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2008
Subject: One for the Books
I love how long this show is.. Great first set, and brent's keys sound just awesome, especially on the set opener Bertha. Jer is definatley on this night too. Another great show all around.
Reviewer: Karl Blum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2008
Subject: Yoachin Hard
Wow, What a great culmination to a 30 show year, oops not culmination, but a raging continuation. We were flyin on the way to the stage. Deal was impecable. Energy and sound clarity was awsome.

Gotta love the baloons!!
Reviewer: stoner mulholland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2008
Subject: great stella blue
i was at this was great 11 song first set..slept on lawn across street after show..was kicked out at 4:00 am wounder round until day ride home,from kevin s.(shwag)..sat in back of truck with no leg space..the show was great..set 2 high energy....good suger mag.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2007
Subject: This is very good...
...with nice sound and high energy playing. The first set is excellent with a nice Althea (albeit with a fairly grievous vocal flub) and basically from built to last through deal is quite nice. i actually like this queen jane quite a bit. second set pre drums work is VERY nice, with a good crazy fingers, ripping cumberland and a good eyes...actually a very good eyes.

this run at the cal expo was kind of the end of the road for me...went back east to school after this and missed the greek shows. wish i could have seen those for sure. saw 20 - 30 more shows, but this was my last "tour." Not a bad way to go out...
Reviewer: SkiDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2007
Subject: Solid show
Nice set lists. Nice sound, more raw and stripped down than at Alpine. Love the midi/trumpet at the end of Stella Blue, nice latter day version and Jerry sounds good vocally. My personal favorite Stella Blue is 7/13/84 at the Greek Theater, then again that entire second set is phenomenal!
Reviewer: WharfRatDude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2007
Subject: Birthday Show
This show was on my 26th birthday and it was my first Cal show. I was stoked the scene as described by another was just beautiful. I like the venue, not too big. The first set was great it just went on forever, it seemed at least until the sun went down. Bertha was the perfect opener, Jerry and Brent had lots of fun, Happy Birthday me. I just came from the Alpine shows and this first set was probably the best of all six shows. The band seemed to be loose and having fun this night, Cumberland in set 2 is always sweet. I wished for a Baby Blue and Jerry granted it for me. Thanks Jerry For all of the memories and great music.
Reviewer: johnnycomelately - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2007
Subject: jerry
built to last was excellent

as a guitar novice, learning along with my 5 year old son, there is something about Jerry's songs that just seem perfect - i think this is why Dylan respected him so much, he had great arrangements, arranged Dylan's songs brilliantly, such great timing and tone/pitch, that makes you want to listen and play over and over again

what a cool guy too, his folk stuff (for children as well) and irish ballads stuff is just so cool

peace to Jerry
Reviewer: WORDSdidGLOW - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2006
Subject: Solid Show
Those who saw this one certainly got there money's worth for the 1st set alone, nice song selection there. The Stella is obviously great but the Crazy Fingers and Baby Blue I liked alot. Baby Blue is, IMHO, the best GD encore song. I don't really care for the Eyes in this show, I think it's too fast.
Reviewer: GumpyGuppy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2006
Subject: Stella
I like the Freedom Hall 74 Stella alot too.
Reviewer: Kstyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2006
Subject: A1 run all the way, and the last great parking lot scene??
I can't believe no one has mentioned the parking lot scene at Cal Expo in ' was the last truly free scene I can remember!
They let us hang out for three full days, and it was indeed a free-for-all...great sunny weather, nicely protected lot, endless jamming and hijinks everywhere...a truly wonderful vibe, that just-us-heads feeling that started to fade soon after...
I remember Saturday afternoon, hanging out in front of the van and a friend's winnebago as a cop drives by along one of the many paths between cars and tents, looking around in awe...and suddenly I think, I need to talk to this guy! My friends see me jump up and stop him, and they cringe...but my gut was right, the cop was just curious and amazed, we talked for twenty minutes about Sacramento and life and music, and he asked me to explain "how long this has been going on!"
He was a cool guy, as many cops can be, if just given a fair shake (like we all want, remember?).
To whit, as we talked, at least four or five people wandered by smoking openly, and he never flinched, just guy even asked me if I wanted a sheet, until he noticed the cop...who just laughed and said, "You probably want to keep moving!"
How cool is THAT?!? It went on all weekend...but when we came back next year, there were no friendly cops around, less of a scene, more hassles, DEA hiding behind every bush...the love was fading fast...
But the Cal Expo '89 run was truly one for the ages! It was Jer's birthday run, and every set got better, six in a row!! This was the only run I ever saw with that consistency. Jer was on the whole of '89's better first sets here, and a mighty fine Stella. Nice small venue too, maybe a 10K racetrack-type place, easy to waltz up front, and later on sit in the back bleachers up top and watch it all unfold as the stars came out.
Truly a treat.
Thanks to the good folks of Sac and that way cool brother rock, buddy!!
This was what touring was meant to be.
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2006
Subject: 8-4-89
11 song first set!! rare for 89.

Sound is good.
Reviewer: 238deadshows - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2006
Subject: sammy's first show
my wife wouldn't let me take our baby to a show until she was one years old. This is the day after her first birthday and she got to go. It was pretty wild bringing a baby to a dead show(outdoors only). They smoked from start to finish. Glad I was there.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2005
Subject: OUCH!
The solo by Brent in Queen Jane probably hurt a bunch of people at that show !

Attn: Brent Fans
Reviewer: bigboypeete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: top notch
love this show, top 5 of 89 setlist is great energy is very high, the queen jane is great check out brents wild piano solo, great show maybe overshadowed by the previous alpine shows but id have to say its right up there
Reviewer: jbflyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2005
Subject: Jerry's belated birhtday
I remember being at this show, sitting next to the soundboard and a bunch of us began singing Happy Birthday to Jerry during Space. I listened to it again and i could actually here some of us singing it. Turn it up real loud and take a listen. Space is actually a nice little midi solo from Jerry that is quite sweet. The first set is really rockin' with the Bertha>Greatest story openner and a nice Althea. Jerry is giving a lot of energy to this show and I agree it is a beautiful Stella and the Baby Blue encore is one of my favorites! Definitly worth a listen.
Reviewer: wordthief - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2005
Subject: well, well, well
This was my first show. I remember distinctly the ending of Greatest Story Ever Told.

It's a good show. But good for me to have for many reasons. Nice set list.
Reviewer: Stellablue11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: Stella
One of the Best Stella'a Ever

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Reviewer: Stellablue11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: Stella
One of the Best Stella'a Ever

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Reviewer: moontimer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Great show
Tis is one of my favorites. The first set went on forever. In fact I remember after that one thinking they had palyed the entire show.
Glad this one made it up. Sounds pretty good to.
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